Two Minutes to Late Night is the online metal talk show that often brings together major rock players for inventive covers of classic tracks. For its latest rendition, host Gwarsenio Hall (Jordan Olds) recruited musicians Matt Pike (High on Fire, Sleep) and Andy Hurley (Fall Out Boy, Racetraitor) to contribute to a version of Van Halen’s “Unchained.”
Pike carries the tune on lead vocals, though he doesn’t pick up an instrument, instead leaving those duties to Russian Circles‘ Mike Sullivan on guitar and Hall himself on bass. Hurley sticks to his trusty drum kit to propel the fun Van Halen version forward.
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The original “Unchained” appears on Van Halen’s 1981 effort, Fair Warning. It was issued as the album’s second commercial single for international markets that July.
In the past, Two Minutes to Late Night has covered Prince’s “I Would Die 4 U” in a hardcore punk version led by Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe, and David Bowie’s “Station to Station” in a heavy metal rendition bolstered by former Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman.
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Two Minutes to Late Night, “Unchained” (Van Halen Cover)
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